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SPIER ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION

STELLENBOSCH

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 THE JAGGED MOUNTAINS OF STELLENBOSCH FORM THE BACKDROP TO THIS PROJECT. THE DESIGN DEVELOPED FROM A DESIRE TO MIMIC THE MOUNTAIN OUTLINE AND TO MERGE THE SITE WITH THE HILLSCAPE. THE BUILDING WAS EXCAVATED INTO THE HILL TO CREATE ARRIVAL COURTYARDS LIKE DEEP CREVICES. WE ELECTED TO BUNDLE ALL OF THE PROGRAMME TOGETHER INTO ONE BUILDING TO CREATE A DYNAMIC AND ACTIVE ART SPACE IN ONE PROJECT. THIS WAS PARTLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE RIGHTS TO DEVELOP HOUSING (REQUIRED BY THE BRIEF) WOULD NOT BE GRANTED AS THE CITY WAS AIMING TO PRESERVE THE WINELANDS FROM HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS.

THE SCHEME IS A CONCRETE SHELL WITH A SLEEVE OF VINEYARD CABLES WRAPPING IT TO ENCOURAGE VINE GROWTH TO SLOWLY MERGE THE BUILDING INTO THE WINELANDS LANDSCAPE.THE PROJECT WAS DESIGNED WITH A RAMPED WALKWAY TO CONNECT THE SPIER SIDE TO THE MOUNTAINSIDE TO ALLOW WALKS BEYOND THE BUILDING AND TO CONNECT THE PROJECT WITH LATER PHASES.

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